Professional Ethics in Volunteer Management

Ethical standards are one of the hallmarks of a profession. One of CCVA’s core strategic priorities is to inspire and encourage practitioners to apply an ethical lens to their work with volunteers. To that end, CCVA determines the core ethical values and principles for this field, and offers a number of resources for leaders of volunteer engagement and educators.

Those who lead and support volunteers must be committed to the following core ethical values:

  1. Citizenship
  2. Respect
  3. Accountability
  4. Fairness
  5. Trust

Candidates for the CVA certification are required to affirm their intent to uphold these ethical standards.

Managers and leaders of volunteer involvement should base their decision making on these five core ethical values in order to:

  • be accessible to diverse groups
  • operate ethically with all stakeholders
  • maintain the public trust
  • sustain a helping environment
  • minimize the risk for legal actions
  • promote continuous improvement

“Professional Ethics in Volunteer Administration (2016)” (PDF) was updated in 2016 to ensure its continued relevance and applicability. Revisions and recommendations were guided by a desire for clarity, brevity, relevancy, universality of setting, and practical application. Changes include:

  • condensed values and principles
  • more descriptive definitions
  • updated language
  • briefer document, supplemented by other tools and resources

Additional Tools and Resources

  • PowerPoint slides with talking points for leading a workshop on professional ethics
  • Single page mini-poster version of Core Values & Principles, suitable for framing
  • [coming in 2017] Decision-making toolkit with worksheet and sample scenarios
  • [coming in 2017] Discussion guide for each value
  • [coming in 2017] “Ethics in Action”, providing examples of how the values and principles relate to specific volunteer management tasks

Globally, professional ethics is becoming more important to those who lead volunteers. In 2001 a “Universal Declaration on the Profession of Leading and Managing Volunteers” (PDF) was developed by an international working group at the Association for Volunteer Administration conference in Toronto. This document echoes many of the core values listed above, and articulates beliefs about the role of effective volunteer management which are widely shared throughout the world.

Ethics Training in Loudoun Va

Contact CCVA to arrange a webinar or workshop related to ethics in volunteer administration.